First, you'll need a cable! Contrary to the information on one website, you don't need to make your own and solder pins 7-8 together on the NC end. That's simply not true. All you need is a female-to-female 9-9 pin (or 9-25 pin for older PCs) null modem cable! You can buy one from Maplin in the UK for around £5 plus postage. They also sell on Ebay for much less, but make sure it's a cable and not a little adapter (a blob with 2 sockets on each end).
Once you have the cable, setup your terminal program to COM1 (or 2, or whatever), 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity. Mine has flow control set to Hardware, but I don't think it matters. For this example, I'll be using Hyperterminal which comes with most versions of Windows.
On the NC100, press
Select a file
On the PC, go to Transfer -> Receive File. "Use receiving protocol" should be XModem. Now click Receive on the PC. Press:
on the NC100. After 3 failed attempts, Hyperterminal will switch to XModem Checksum and will transfer across.
Notice how the PC is started first, then the NC100.
On the NC100, press
Type in the filename
On the PC, go to Transfer -> Send File. Find the file (Hyperterminal remembers the last folder used) and the Protocol should be XModem. Hit Enter on the NC, then click Send on the PC, and after a few seconds the PC should switch to the 'Checksum' protocol, which is what the NC uses, and the file should whizz across.
In this case, the NC is started first, then the PC.
I've had problems transferring when playing MP3s (NC100 says 'transfer failed'), or it could have been interference from my stereo. I think the load of playing MP3s can affect Hyperterminal's performance.
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When you load the text file into Word, it looks like this:
The big dog strolled over the stupid fence and said my goodness this formatting is terrible.[cr] [cr] More text![cr]Notice how it keeps paragraphs? Some word processors treat text as lines, which is very bad when it comes to formatting the text to fit a paper size, or screen size, or using different sized fonts. I had this problem after using an Amiga text editor to write a novel (imagine having to manually delete 4000 linefeeds) and I don't expect it from any word processor!